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I woke up this morning with Chris Cornell‘s voice screeching in my head.

Happy Thursday, y’all! So here we are once again, and I don’t know what to tell you. I’ve been going through an alternative 90’s kick since April 5th. I swear, I woke up this morning with Chris Cornell‘s voice screeching in my head. Fortuitous that because then I started thinking about Kim [Thayil, guitarist], Matt [Cameron, drummer], and Ben [Shepard, bassist]. So yeah, Soundgarden it is then.

…The songs are the perfect kind of dark, beautifully bleak, and with the just the right amount of heavy …

I know you’re probably thinking that’s a little cliché to be speaking on it because of that monster hit, but Soundgarden’s 1994 album, Superunknown should be celebrated for the fifteen other tracks on it, other than just be known for “that album withBlack Hole Sun” on it.” If I even think about “Black Hole Sun“, it’s only because of that warped as fuck video that accompanied the song. Imagine if that video was your every day reality? Can’t do it, can you? No, Superunknown is a masterpiece of an album, and if you bought the album when it was first released, then you know what the hell I’m talking about. The songs are the perfect kind of dark, beautifully bleak, and with the just the right amount of heavy to make one fall instantly in love, and that’s something you got right away. By the time you got to track 7 (“The Hit”) that it didn’t really matter at that point because you were hooked six songs ago.

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… one of those all killer, no filler albums.

Superunknown was released on March 8, 1994, which was exactly one month before Kurt Cobain‘s body was found at his home. What does that have to do with this? Nothing at all. It’s just a coincidence. And as I write these words, track 6 (“Head High“) is blaring (another coincidence?) Whatever the case, Superunknown is a perfect example of a desert island disc because each and every song worked. It’s one of those all killer, no filler albums. There aren’t many artists out there who’ll release an album and I don’t go skipping a song here or there. Yet, that’s not to say that there are albums out there where depending on the opening track, you know you’re either going to be instantly committed to an album or you’re not. Superunknown was one of those albums where once I heard the opening track (“Let Me Drown“), I was sold. Sure, my statement could be refuted if, let’s say the opening track to an album was fantastic and then you just had thirteen or fourteen tracks of utter shite. That happens as well. Luckily, that wasn’t the case with Superunknown.

… the album sounds inspired from the first track to the last.

There was something special about Superunknown. It just seemed right from the get. The boys sound exceptionally tight on this album, and every one’s playing seems so fluid. Was it the because of co-producer, Michael Beinhorn‘s skill behind the soundboard? (Actually, according to Soundgarden, Beinhorn was wicked anal about getting “the right sound”. Whatever it was, it worked out to their benefit, I would say.) What was it?? Who cares at the end of the day, to say that the album sounds inspired from the first track to the last is not so far fetched because you can hear that through out the record.

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The ghosts of 1969 rose up and took America by the throat.

It’s been 20 years since Superunknown was released and the album sounds as fresh now as it did in 1994. What’s that about, huh? Look, we know that there’s nothing new under the sun and that trends tend to recycle themselves every 10-20 years. It happened in the 90’s with the reemergence of the hippie movement. I was there. I saw it happening. The ghosts of 1969 rose up and took America by the throat. Seeing people walking around wearing tie dye fucked with me. It was scary. More than anything, it was fake. You could smell the phoniness of it all. You couldn’t be a hippie AND rocking a Discman too, you couldn’t do that and still give the peace sign and fucking be wolfing down faux cow by-product from McDonald’s. The point I’m trying to make is that if it can happen with the hippies then it can happen with the alternative scene (Please let it happen. Pretty please with with sugar on top. Make Kanye West, Taylor Swift, and Justin Beiber go away. Recycle the 90’s alternative music scene already. It’s time. Anyway…)

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… it’s a funny thing about Superunknown. “First it steals your mind and then it steals your soul.”

On June 3rd of this year, the super deluxe edition of Superunknown will be released everywhere. What does ‘Super Deluxe’ mean in the grand scheme of Superunknown? It means You get a remastered album, plus all the fixins. Here’s what Superunknown • Super Deluxe will include: Disc 1: the Remastered Album, Disc 2: B-Sides and More, Disc 3: The Demos (unreleased), Disc 4: The Rehearsals (unreleased), Disc 5: Blu-Ray Audio 5.1 Mix . What does this all mean? Quite simply, it means a whole lot of Superunknown, and you can pre-order the album right here! You know, it’s a funny thing about Superunknown. “First it steals your mind and then it steals your soul.”

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